From Christchurch to Pittsburg, Halle to El Paso, militants have been emboldened by a narrative of hatred spread on the internet with an ease that observers find worrying.”This digital ecosystem is fueling a cumulative momentum, which serves to lower ‘thresholds’ to violence for those engaged in this space, both in the United States and elsewhere,” Graham Macklin, assistant professor at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo, said in a recent article. One attack “encourages and inspires another, creating a growing ‘canon’ of ‘saints’ and ‘martyrs’ for others to emulate,” he wrote — noting that Norwegian neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people in 2011, had become “an aspirational figure” for many.Internet a ‘facilitator’ They may lack centralized organization or even a common goal, but white supremacists encouraged by the exploits of extremist “heroes” canonized on social media pose an ever-growing security threat, analysts say.After nine people in Germany were killed by a gunman with “a very deeply racist attitude,” the country’s interior minister on Friday warned that the far right still posed a “very high” security threat.The shootings on Wednesday at a shisha bar and a cafe in the city of Hanau were the latest in a growing list of attacks in the West attributed to self-appointed defenders of a “white race” perceived to be under threat from migration, globalization and Islam. According to the Soufan Center, a global security think-tank, white supremacism has entered a phase of globalization driven by niche websites popular among neo-Nazis, such as Gab and 8chan, and even the so-called “white power” music scene.”White supremacy extremists rely on a diverse set of techniques to radicalize potential recruits,” it said in a recent report, with attackers “lionized” on such platforms “as heroes, martyrs, ‘saints,’ ‘commanders’ and other honorifics.” White extremists do not share a single, common goal — some seek self-rule, others the expulsion of minorities — but all believe their “race” to be under threat.”Many adherents to transnational white supremacy extremism hold millenarian and apocalyptic beliefs about an imminent race war, with some ardent believers in the end of time and influenced by elements of Christian identity,” Soufan said. Some believe their governments are conspiring with minority populations to bring about their demise — the so-called Great Replacement theory, based on the title of a 2011 book by French writer Renaud Camus.Anais Voy-Gillis, an extreme right specialist at the French Institute of Geopolitics, said: “The current context, with notably the migrant crisis of 2015, has surely contributed to the radicalization of many people who are now ready to cross over to action.”Not only fringe sites are used to spread messages of fear, hate, and racial superiority.The gunman who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last March, killing 51 Muslim worshippers, live-streamed his attack live on Facebook.A few months later, an anti-Semitic attack in the east German city of Halle, which claimed two lives, was posted on the streaming platform Twitch.”There are many radical groups in the world and the internet is a facilitator for them to get together nationally and even internationally,” Voy-Gillis told AFP.’Exporter’ of white supremacism In Europe, a well-organized coordination of far-right efforts seems unlikely, for now.Last June, a French parliamentary committee conducted an analysis of far-right groups in the country, including attempts to make contact with like-minded organizations elsewhere in Europe, notably in Germany, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Britain, Spain and Austria.At the time, the boss of France’s DGSI domestic intelligence service Nicolas Lerner told investigators the chances were “extremely limited” that these movements would have the ability to work together at a European level.But within a country’s borders, the threat is real.German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Friday that right-wing extremism was the “biggest security threat” facing his country, as he announced a more visible police presence and bolstered surveillance at mosques, train stations, airports and borders.In the United States, an FBI report last November showed that 65 percent of “lone wolf” perpetrators of terror attacks where white.Nearly a fifth (19 percent) of 52 such attacks committed in the United States between 1972 and 2015 were motivated by ideologies “advocating for the superiority of the white race,” it found.It was the same percentage as attackers motivated by radical Islamist doctrine.”For almost two decades, the United States has pointed abroad at countries who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology,” Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said in November.”We are now being seen as the exporters of white supremacist ideology; that’s a reality with which we are going to have to deal,” he said. Topics :
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has mocked a rumour he could join Tottenham in January, insisting “hell will freeze over” before he moves to the Gunners’ North London rivals. Press Association The German is yet to start a Barclays Premier League match this season and one report suggested he could make a £10million switch to Spurs when the transfer window opens. Posting a link to the rumour on Twitter, Podolski wrote: “Hell will freeze over before this transfer would happen. #Poldi #aha #AlwaysAGunner #NeverCheatYourClub #AFC #Redarmy”. Arsenal and Tottenham are currently level on points in the table and the two sides drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium last month.
ELLSWORTH — The Boston Celtics selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.Tatum, who averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists at Duke, was named to the ACC’s All-Freshman team this season. He was also named Gatorade National Player of the Year as a high school senior in 2015-16.Boston, which originally held the No. 1 pick as a result of a 2013 trade with the Brooklyn Nets, traded it to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. The 76ers took Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the pick.The Celtics picked Semi Ojeleye (USC), Kadeem Allen (Arizona) and Jabari Bird (Cal) in the second round.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Zealand have won eight out of 11 T20Is against India.India have never won a T20I series in New Zealand.India will now play five ODIs and two T20Is against Australia. New Delhi: Colin Munro’s ninth fifty had boosted New Zealand to 212/4 in the deciding Twenty20 International at Hamilton on Sunday, the second-time they had scored 200 in the three-match series. Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik struck some big blows but in the end, India lost the Hamilton match by four runs to lose the three-match series 2-1. For India, it was a continuation of their horror show in the shortest format against New Zealand who has beaten them in eight out of 11 matches. Speaking after the end of the match, Rohit said the team made a few mistakes but chasing such a big total was always going to be difficult.“Disappointing to not cross the line but we fought well right till the end. 210 odd (213 target) was always going to be tough, but we were in it till the end. They held their nerve and kept hitting their yorkers,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation.India kept losing wickets at regular intervals in their chase. Vijay Shankar and Rohit strung a solid stand after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed cheaply. Hardik Pandya and Rohit both fell in quick succession and there was plenty to do for Krunal and Karthik as they just failed to cross the line. However, despite the series loss, India still had a memorable tour of New Zealand by winning the ODI series for the first time in 10 years. “Still lot of positives, we started well with the ODIs, wanted to do well here but the boys throughout the tour were excellent, put in a lot of hard work. They will be disappointed tonight but we’ve to learn from the mistakes we made and move ahead,” Rohit said.Munro, who finally came to form with a blazing 72 which won him the Man of the Match award, said New Zealand were on their toes for the entire game as the Indian batting had depth and power. “It was touch and go there until the final minute. India – you get one good batsman, another one comes along. The boys did a really good job of finishing off the really good Indian batsmen. I didn’t really focus on trying to do anything different, tried to put pressure back on the bowlers. Just came out nice and free, had a bit of luck, which you certainly need in this match,” Munro said.New Zealand will now play Bangladesh in three ODIs while India will play Australia at home for two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs which will be their last international assignment before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be played in England from may 31.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2014 at 1:45 am Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Corrections: In a previous version of this article, the number of weeks since Sydney O’Hara was acclaimed by the NCAA as the best player was misstated. O’Hara was acclaimed as the best player four weeks ago. In the same article, the place Nicole Lundstorm bats was misstated. Lundstorm hits .376 in three hole. Also in the same article, O’Hara’s National Player of the Week title was misstated. O’Hara has already won Louisville Slugger/ NFCA Division I National Player of the Week. The Daily Orange regrets these errors. Syracuse has been anchored this year by an ace acclaimed by the NCAA as the best player two weeks ago, a catcher hitting .376 in two hole and an outfielder — recruited as a catcher — hitting .339 in the nine-hole. All freshmen.Sydney O’Hara, the team’s ace, Nicole Lundstrom, the reliable catcher, and Alyssa Dewes, the speedy outfielder, will all be in the starting lineup as Syracuse (18-18, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) gears up for a doubleheader against Boston College (22-17, 6-9) on Wednesday at SU Softball Stadium. The trio leads a group of seven freshmen — also including Christina Clermont behind O’Hara — that has keyed the Orange’s season thus far.SU head coach Leigh Ross knew she was taking a risk. But her trust in her young core has paid dividends this season.“You have to go through things as a freshman,” Ross said. “Catching a ride at 5:30 a.m. to make 6 a.m. workouts or learning how to get college hitters out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve all done real well.”It’s difficult to look at Syracuse’s freshman class as a group when it’s led by one of the best college players in the country.O’Hara just claimed her second ACC Player of the Week award of the season, and has already won Louisville Slugger/ NFCA Division I National Player of the Week.In her last five games, she’s 9-for-18 with seven RBIs, and also threw a complete game in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.Then there’s Clermont, her freshman pitching counterpart, who hasn’t experienced similar recognition but is recently riding a wave of success.In her last three appearances, she’s lowered her earned-run average by nearly a full run and has attained possibly the most important asset a pitcher can have: confidence.The learning curve for the both of them was steep at first. But in a game where adjusting is imperative to sustaining success, it didn’t take long for them to catch on.“Pitching-wise, I’ve definitely learned location,” O’Hara said. “Not down the middle. I got away with that in travel ball but I’ve learned from that.”Ross said that O’Hara and Clermont have thrown more innings than she and her staff originally anticipated, but have responded well to the extra workload.Behind the plate, Lundstrom leads the team in hitting with a .376 average and 41 hits on the year, and also leads the starting freshman trio in home runs, with five on the year.Ross said that it was clear from day one that Lundstrom was brought to Syracuse to be the starting catcher.In 36 games this year, her average has not dipped below .319 at any point. She just recently capped off the last road trip against Pittsburgh with a 4-for-6 performance and two doubles in a 12-7 win.“We always wanted her behind the plate because she is really that good,” Ross said. “And we knew she was going to be that good.”Only one of the significant freshman contributors has truly emerged from nowhere. Dewes was picked up by Syracuse to potentially be a catcher. But with complications in rehab from shoulder surgery, she was converted into an outfielder in place of the injured Riley Johnson.Dewes has stepped on to the collegiate stage in a big way, smashing three home runs in her last five games and boasting a .339 from the ninth spot in the batting order.“She’s a freshman who knows how to control her emotions,” said senior Jasmine Watson. “It causes teams to underestimate her, and she has carried the bottom of our lineup.”The SU softball program was expected to go through a transition year as seven freshmen were added to the roster.But that transition was nearly nonexistent, and now the young and jovial squad is racing toward an ACC tournament berth in the team’s first year in the conference.Said Ross: “There’s a special bonding they all share together being in the same class, and they’re all very close.” Comments
With a 6-2 Pac-12 record, the Men of Troy rank second. George Lydakis | Daily TrojanThe season seemed to be a lost cause. USC had already lost by 16 points at home against Texas A&M in November, collectively shooting 28.2 percent from the field.In December, there was the ugly loss to Princeton in the Staples Center, when the Trojans were outscored 17-7 in overtime. Then, the team started conference play in subpar fashion. They dropped a game to Washington and lost a heartbreaker to Stanford one week later. The Stanford game should have been over when senior guard Jordan McLaughlin made a tightly contested layup with three seconds left. But then disaster struck.The Cardinal’s Daejon Davis nailed a 3-pointer from half-court at the buzzer. It offered the perfect metaphor for a season filled with shortcoming after shortcoming for the Trojans.Another agonizing loss, a disappointing 2-2 Pac-12 record, plus the announcement of sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton’s yearlong suspension should have indicated the season was over. Perhaps the team was vastly overrated despite all the star power returning from last year’s bracket-busting team. Perhaps the addition of Duke transfer redshirt-sophomore guard Derryck Thornton and highly-touted recruit freshman guard Charles O’Bannon Jr. were not enough to propel USC into a new elite realm. Perhaps Melton’s versatile, swiss-army-knife style of play was more integral to last year’s success than initially thought (Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals in the 2016-17 season). But winning tends to have a way of silencing questions. And the Trojans have done nothing but win since their last loss to Stanford. As they prepare for an emotional rematch with the Cardinal on Wednesday, the team rides a four-game winning streak and sits at second place in the Pac-12 behind Arizona. A week ago, the idea of any post-season action beyond the Pac-12 Tournament seemed like just a dream. Well, now the tables have turned. Much of USC’s turnaround is a result of improved shooting at the guard position. Senior guard Elijah Stewart was the team’s primary sharpshooter in 2016-17. He led the team in 3-pointers with 78. This year, he limped into Pac-12 play, going 1-9 from long range against Washington, Cal and Stanford.Now, Stewart has found his rhythm. He shot three out of four shots from deep in the Utah win on Jan. 14 and went 4-8 on 3s against Oregon State a week later. Stewart’s resurgence has taken pressure off of junior forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright offensively and gives McLaughlin another option to kick out to on the wing. Along with Stewart’s help offensively, after the Stanford loss, head coach Andy Enfield made the decision to bench sophomore shooting guard Jonah Mathews for redshirt junior Shaqquan Aaron. But Mathew’s benching was not a demotion. He took the sixth man role and started paying dividends immediately. After not making a single 3-pointer in three straight Pac-12 games, Mathews drilled six combined against Colorado and Utah, leading the team with 17 points against the Utes. Now, the Trojans can deploy a dynamic scorer on the second unit, preventing them from dropping off when McLaughlin and Stewart exit the game. “[Mathews] has played great basketball all week,” Enfield said after the Utah game. “It was one of his best games tonight.” In the beginning of the season, USC showed a lack of depth and usually struggled whenever Boatwright, Metu or Stewart struggled. Now, the team is receiving key points from the bench courtesy of both Mathews and freshman wing Jordan Usher. Usher finished the team’s non-conference slate, averaging 2.0 points per game, but after the four-game winning streak, he’s up to 3.9. He capped off an excellent string of games with a career-high 14-point performance against Oregon State. After all the hype surrounding O’Bannon Jr., now it seems like Usher was the true gem of the 2017 recruiting class. It looks like he could be the team’s X-factor as they head deeper into conference play. With the re-emergence of Stewart coupled with the improving play of Matthews and Usher, Boatwright and Metu no longer have to carry the offense on their giant shoulders — and that’s a good thing for the Trojans as they move forward. Metu’s points per game average has steadily increased over the last four games (17.1), but he’s been much more active as a rim protector, recording a ridiculous 12 blocks over that span. Meanwhile, Boatwright has been able to prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to shots. He attempted an average of 14.6 shots against Washington, Cal and Stanford. Since the winning streak began, he’s taken 11 per game.USC now heads into the teeth of its schedule with difficult matchups against Stanford, UCLA, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 14 Arizona. It’ll be a make-or-break run for the Trojans, but at least they’ve gotten hot at the right time.
Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 4, 2019 at 11:24 pm Syracuse was coming off a win over Wake Forest, and after two-straight losses before the win in North Carolina, had one more matchup against a top-five opponent in the Carrier Dome. Despite a two-point SU lead at halftime, the Cavaliers ignited from beyond the arc and blew out the Orange on their home court.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about Syracuse’s loss.
Murray certainly was deserving of the honor; the junior led the 12-1 Sooners to the College Football Playoff while posting 4,945 total yards and 51 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback.He was also a standout on the baseball field in Norman; the Athletics selected him ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. Murray, an outfielder, plans to pursue a baseball career after OU’s 2018 season. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray triumphed over fellow quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State in being named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.Murray received 2,167 total points from Heisman voters to claim the trophy, becoming the second consecutive Sooners quarterback to win, following Baker Mayfield in 2017. Four of Oklahoma’s last eight starting quarterbacks (Murray, Mayfield, Sam Bradford and Jason White) have taken home college football’s most prestigious award. HOOVER: Murray’s Heisman win mirrors Mayfield’s, but is one-of-a-kindMurray’s Heisman victory inspired a bevy of congratulatory tweets from football Sooners past and present, including Mayfield and Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, who accompanied Murray to the Heisman ceremony in New York:AND THATS WHAT WE CALL BACK TO BACK. YOU DESERVE IT K1. So proud of you man. Enjoy every second of it. Absolutely nobody can put a ceiling on you…. Football or baseball, follow your… https://t.co/xkQdtY9o8n— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 9, 2018Congrats Brodie @TheKylerMurray— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) December 9, 2018Congratulations To my brotha @kyler1murray hard work don’t go unnoticed #Back2Back HEISMAN! pic.twitter.com/z5dgJyvleG— Marquise Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) December 9, 2018Incredible. Congratulations @TheKylerMurray. 2018 @HeismanTrophy Winner.— Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) December 9, 2018#BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/AJ0WIxLNhD— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 9, 2018@TheKylerMurray Congratulations! I’m so proud to be a Sooner! May the Lord continue to bless and cover you along your journey! #Heisman2018 #BoomerSooner— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 9, 2018BACK 2 BACK 👀👀👀— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) December 9, 2018Back to Back! Congrats to Kyler Murray ! BOOMER— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 9, 2018A pair of Major League Baseball players with OU ties offered congratulations, as well: Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley, who grew up in Oklahoma and committed to play quarterback for the Sooners before opting to play baseball out of high school, and former Sooners pitcher Garrett Richards, who recently signed with the Padres.BOOMER!!! Congrats @TheKylerMurray !! #HeismanTrophy— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) December 9, 2018Proud to share the same amazing program as you. You have been so much fun to watch @TheKylerMurray. Congrats on your accomplishment. Business isn’t finished. Also take it easy on me in the future! #Boomerforlife— Garrett Richards (@GRICHARDS26) December 9, 2018
Valbuena and Castillo both played on Thursday night for their team in Venezuela, the Cardenales de Lara.The Angels signed Valbuena to a two-year deal prior to the 2017 season, and he remained with the club until he was designated for assignment in August 2018.Although Valbuena failed to produce as the Angels had hoped, he was popular among his teammates.Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors, with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Angels.Castillo played from 2004 to 2008 in the majors, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone PreviousThe Angels’ Luis Valbuena smiles after his two-run home run during a Sept. 13, 2017 game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Former Angels infielder Luis Valbuena flips his bat after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 23, 2018 at Angel Stadium. Valbuena has reportedly died in a car accident in his native Venezuela. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 06: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels laughs while stretching for the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 6, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Angels’ Luis Valbuena his an RBI double against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Luis Valbuena #18 and Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after Valbuena hit a three-run homer against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the second inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Angels’ Luis Valbuena in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Libby Cline)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 10: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 10, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 7-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a throw to first base to catch Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 2-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena looks skyward as he crosses home plate after a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 14: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drinks from a bottle labeled Louie Juice after hitting a home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)The Angels’ Luis Valbuena, right, hits a run scoring single with Houston Astros catcher Tim Federowicz, center, and home plate umpire Ed Hickox during the second inning of a game in Anaheim on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena is congratulated by Justin Upton after Valbuena scored during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates his home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can’t make the out on Gorkys Hernandez #7 of the San Francisco Giants at first base in the fifth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 23: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim points down to Kole Calhoun #56 after he scored on a single in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Infielder Luis Valbuena waits to hit during the Angels’ spring training workout at the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena follows through on a home run in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Infielder Luis Valbuena waits to hit during the Angels’ spring training workout at the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Infielder Luis Valbuena throws during the Angels’ spring training workout at the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena reacts after San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt flew out during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena, right, tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run while Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena turns as he tries to throw out the runner in the sixth inning against Cleveland in Anaheim on Thursday, September 21, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Luis Valbuena smiles after his two-run home run during a Sept. 13, 2017 game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Former Angels infielder Luis Valbuena flips his bat after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 23, 2018 at Angel Stadium. Valbuena has reportedly died in a car accident in his native Venezuela. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 23Former Angels infielder Luis Valbuena flips his bat after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 23, 2018 at Angel Stadium. Valbuena has reportedly died in a car accident in his native Venezuela. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandLuis Valbuena, who played the final two seasons of his big league career with the Angels, was killed in a car accident on Thursday night, along with former big leaguer José Castillo, a spokesperson for their Venezuelan team confirmed.Valbuena was 33, and Castillo was 37.The accident reportedly occurred when their car collided with a rock that rolled on to the road in the state of Yarucuy, in Valbuena’s native Venezuela.According to reports, the car was being driven by the driver for former Arizona Diamondbacks player and winter ball teammate Carlos Rivero, both of whom survived. 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England teenage internationals Marco Penge and Emma Allen received a right royal boost for their Olympic ambitions when they met the Duchess of Cambridge.They were among 30 young athletes who were invited by the charity SportsAid to attend a workshop designed to help them on their journey to the Olympic or Paralympic Games.The Duchess, who is patron of SportsAid, joined them at the event which was hosted by GSK at its cutting-edge Human Performance Lab in west London.She watched as they took part in a series of scientific assessments on respiration, temperature, power, cognition and body composition – and spoke to both England golfers. Or she tried to!Emma Allen, 17, was pedalling on a bike and wearing a face mask when the Duchess started chatting with her. “She was asking if I was ok because I’d been pedalling for a long time and someone had told her I was going in the humidity chamber next. She wished me good luck – and I mumbled through my mask!”Emma, who plays at Meon Valley in Hampshire, added: “She was brilliant, she engaged well with everybody and was genuinely very interested.“It was an amazing day and a great experience which will really help me with my golf.”The Duchess had a more successful conversation with Marco, who plays at Golf at Goodwood in Sussex. They met as the 16-year-old ran on a treadmill in an environmental chamber set to the heat and humidity of Tokyo, which will host the Games in 2020.“She asked me about my sport and we had a chat about my golf – I explained that you don’t really run in golf but that stamina is important at the end of a tournament,” said Marco.“We had a bit of a laugh because she said she was being cruel talking to me while I was trying to run! She was really nice, everyone had said beforehand that she was very sporty and really relaxed and that was what she was like.“It was a really good day, a good experience and I enjoyed meeting the other athletes and hearing about their goals,” said Marco.Emma was a member of the England team which won the Girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year and was also in Hampshire’s winning team at County Finals. Marco helped England to win the Boys’ Home Internationals and was the England U15 and U16 champion in 2013 and has won the Fairhaven Trophy for the past two years.Both golfers have ambitions to play in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and both were spurred on by yesterday’s experience. “That’s the goal,” said Emma, while Marco added: “It would be pretty cool to play for GB in the Olympics.” Both are in England Golf U18 training squads and both receive awards from SportsAid which helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions.The athletes at the workshop also had the chance to join a mentoring session with Olympic swimmer Keri-anne Payne and to meet Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir.David Weir said, “It’s been a privilege to meet the athletes here today and share their achievements and challenges with the Duchess. It’s a long road to Tokyo but her support will make a big difference and with the right approach, it’s achievable. It’s exciting to think these athletes could be part of the next generation of British sporting heroes and I wish all of them the very best of luck.”Images courtesy Nathan Gallagher/SportsAid. 13 Nov 2014 Royal boost for England golfers